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This man's obituary says he died "due to an uppercut from Batman"

Here’s how it all came about.

Image: The Ledger

STEPHEN MERRILL (31) WAS a huge superhero fan, so when he died his family decided he deserved a special send-off.

In an unusual move, they listed the cause of death as “due to [an] uppercut from Batman” in his obituary.

Merrill, who was a dad to a boy aged seven, died unexpectedly at home in Florida in early February.

As the cause of death wasn’t known when the obituary was being drawn up, his sister Kimberly Merrill told ABC News that their father suggested they make up something “exotic”.

Here was the result:

stephen merrill 2 Source: Dignity Memorial

You can read the full obituary here.

He also had an unconventional funeral, with a flower arrangement made to look like a Captain America shield.

Merrill had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2013, and was about to undergo chemotherapy when he died.

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